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Anniversary concerts at the Tonhalle Zurich


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, two more concerts will take place on October 1, 2023, this time at the Tonhalle Zurich. With the Quatuor Diotima, one of the leading string quartets of our time and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who will perform with his duo partner Tamara Stefanovich, an Ernst von Siemens Music Prize winner could be won for these concerts.

The program of the concerts at 2:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. includes works that review the history of the Foundation over the past 50 years and thus also the history of New Music: string quartets by Per Nørgård, Wolfgang Rihm, Pierre Boulez and Henri Dutilleux; piano works by György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Rebecca Saunders and Olivier Messiaen. In addition, there will be works by the current Composer Prize winners Sara Glojnarić and Eric Wubbels.

Two works created especially for the anniversary will also be presented. With his sound installation in unknown elements... in endless transmutation..., Christian Mason has transformed the music of the prize winners into a new work of his own. Lisa Streich has chosen an unusual format for her anniversary composition: the Daumenkino.



13.15, concert foyer
Composers' talk
Ilona Schmiel and Ferdinand von Siemens in conversation with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Sara Glojnarić and Tamara Stefanovic

2.15 p.m., Kleine Tonhalle
Yun-Peng Zhao, violin
Léo Marillier, violin
Franck Chevalier, viola
Pierre Morlet, violoncello

Per Nørgård  String quartet no. 10 Høsttidløs
Wolfgang Rihm  String quartet no. 4
Pierre Boulez  Livre pour quatuor III
Sara Glojnarić  we are too weird for TV for string quartet and recordings
Henri Dutilleux  Ainsi la nuit for string quartet

To the registration

17.00, Große Tonhalle

Rebecca Saunders Shadow for piano
Eric Wubbels  Helix for piano
György Ligeti  Études pour piano (selection)
György Kurtág  Játékok for two pianos and piano four hands (selection)
Olivier Messiaen Visions de l'Amen for two pianos

To the registration

Anniversary contributions 1220 o'clock, Vereinssaal
Christian Mason  sound installation in unknown elements... in endless transmutation....

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The two anniversary concerts are an initiative of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation in cooperation with the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zurich.